PHOTOGRAPHER AI IWANE
Born in Tokyo, Japan ; based in Tokyo, Fukushima and Hawaii.Ai Iwane is a photographer who has drawn inspiration from observing and documenting niche communities around the world. Japanese immigrant communities in Hawaii had become her subject matter for over a decade, focusing on Bon Dance, an annual Japanese Buddhist festival honoring the dead and welcoming the ancestral spirits back to their homes once a year.
In 2011, she realized that one of the most well-known song for Bon Dance in Hawaii called Fukushima Ondo, was brought by immigrants over a century ago, from the area now where 54,000 people had to evacuate due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident. Ever since then, she continues working diverse trajectory projects between Fukushima and Hawaii, through the connection of immigrants.
Iwane started her career as a photographer in 1996. Some of her many noteworthy projects include: Muntinlupa Prison in the Philippines (2010), Nikulin Circus in Russia (2011), and Sanxia, Taipei Veterans Home in Taiwan (2012).
ARENA 1 GALLERY Santa Monica, CA[group show] TRANSIT REPUBLIC
TSUNAGI MUSEUM Kumamoto, Japan [group show] FUKUSHIMA, NOW AND FUTURE
FUKUSHIMA MUSEUM Fukushima, Japan [group show] FUKUSHIMA, NOW AND FUTURE
PHOTO GALLERY ITO Fukushima, Japan [solo show] I WANT TO LAUGH EVEN FOR AN INSTANT
KINSHO SHUZO Niigata, Japan [group show] FUKUSHIMA PHOTO MUSUEM+
FUKUSHIMA GENDER EQUALITY CENTER Fukushima, Japan [biennial] FUKUSHIMA BIENNALE 2016
GALLERY OFFGRID Fukushima, Japan [three men show] OF IITATE, BY THREE PHOTOGRAPHERS
KAMOE ART CENTER Shizuoka, Japan [group show] FUKUSHIMA NOW AND FUTURE
NAGAOKA INSTITUTE OF DESIGN GALLERY Niigata, Japan [group show] FUKUSHIMA SPEAKS
BUNKAMURA GALLERY Tokyo, Japan [group show] THE ARTIFICIAL PARADISE, BUNKAMURA ART SHOW 2005
FUKUSHIMA MUSEUM Hama, Naka, Aizu Culture Cooperation Project 2015-2017
DOMMUNE FUKUSHIMA! 2017 Program Director
GB FUND, Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, 2016
In-resident Artist, University of Hawaii Hilo, October - November 2014
HAWAII SHIMA NO BONDANCE -BON DANCE IN BIG ISLAND-, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc., 2016
HADASHINO HAWAII -BAREFOOT IN HAWAII-, Edition de Paris, 2012
GQ Japan, Forbes Japan, Rolling Stones Japan, Weekly Bunshun, Number, Spectator, Asahi Camera, BRUTUS, ecocolo, CREA, Journalizm magazine, Cyzo, KINARI, etc.